Seven Days in May

Synopsis: An unpopular U.S. President manages to get a nuclear disarmament treaty through the Senate, but finds that the nation is turning against him. Jiggs Casey, a Marine Colonel, finds evidence that General Scott, the wildly popular head of the Joint Chiefs and certain Presidential Candidate in 2 years is not planning to wait. Casey goes to the president with the information and a web of intrigue begins with each side unsure of who can be trusted.
Director(s): John Frankenheimer
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
118 min

Lyman lovers!

Give me a hand! Give me a hand!

Come on, break it up! Hey, break it up!

Push him in.

When it comes to jurisdictional strikes

like this...

...the administration's job is quite clear.

The 0-day cooling off period

will be observed.

And if industry is so hell bent

to invoke Taft-Hartley...

...any support they get from me

will have to get flogged out.

Underline and exclamation point.

How many men involved there?

By next Tuesday, they figure the entire

industry from San Diego to Seattle.

I'm not through yet.

You stick one more thing in me, Horace,

and I'll take up faith healing.

You've been at it an hour.

Your pressure's risen three points

for every letter you've dictated.

Your predecessors would go to the clinic.

My predecessors didn't have a riot

going on outside the White House.

They were at least sufficiently popular

to get their faces on stamps.

"Gallup Poll."

Twenty-nine percent of the people

of the United States approve of what I do.

Twenty-nine percent.

When that thing reaches

stroke proportions, put it out as a bulletin.

It's probably the one thing

that'll make Labor Management...

...and the Pentagon join hands

and declare a national holiday.

When did you have your last vacation?

When I was six months old,

back in Cleveland, Ohio.

I believe it. Don't forget

the CIA appointment at 2:00.

Phone Liberman.

Tell him to meet me here.

Assuming I'll be alive after lunch.

The White House physician makes

no such assumption.

Your blood pressure's up again,

and I don't like it one little bit.

Now this is an order.

Not just medical advice.

You're to go away for at least two weeks.

Two weeks?

And you can have damn few phone calls.

How about a compromise, Horace?

I'll take a quick swim in my pool.

Can I squeeze that in, Paul?

People from West Virginia are waiting for

the crowning of the Rhododendron Queen.

Have the Secretary of the Interior handle it.

How are you, Horace?

What's new in fee splitting?

That's quite a mob scene you got outside.

Why in God's name do

we elect a man president...

...and then try to see how fast

we can kill him?

The Vice-President showed a vast amount

of discretion over valor... go goodwilling when he did.

Pity you didn't join him, Jordie.

I envy Mr. Gianelli his Chianti

and Italian sunshine.

My own diet for the next several days

will be crow and bitters.

- Goodbye, Horace.

- Doctor.

Come on, Ray. You can watch me

do the Lyman crawl.

Thank you.

In a half hour I'm due at a meeting

with the illustrious Senator Prentice.

To hear him tell it,

you're a third-grade idiot with clay arches.

But the Chair of the Joint Chiefs... General James Mattoon Scott,

who'll be in front of the committees...

...he is the reincarnation of Washington

who could walk on that water.

That Gallup Poll shake you up?

Well, let's say I've felt more popular

in my time.

Don't get your nanny up.

You knew there'd be some dislocations.

You can't gear a country's economy

for war for 20 years...

...then slam on the brakes

and expect the transition... go like grease through a goose.

Doesn't work out like that.

Think of how the psychology of the thing

has been screwed up from the outset.

We've been hating the Russians

for a quarter of a century.

Suddenly we sign a treaty saying

in two months...

...they're to dismantle their bombs,

we're to dismantle ours...

...and we all ride to a peaceful glory.

The country will probably live as if peace

were just as big a threat as war.

Damn it, Ray.

We could have had our paradise.

Yes, by God, we could have had

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Rod Serling

Rodman Edward "Rod" Serling (December 25, 1924 – June 28, 1975) was an American screenwriter, playwright, television producer, and narrator known for his live television dramas of the 1950s and his science-fiction anthology TV series, The Twilight Zone. Serling was active in politics, both on and off the screen, and helped form television industry standards. He was known as the "angry young man" of Hollywood, clashing with television executives and sponsors over a wide range of issues including censorship, racism, and war. more…

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